Family Therapy Program
What to Expect When You Come to the Family Therapy Program
The program is located across three different locations in Providence. You can call us at 401-606-0606.
The Family Therapy Program coordinates care with the Outpatient Psychiatry Department, and is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
We begin with a comprehensive assessment. This is all we initially ask families to commit to, and all we commit to up front as well.
- All family members age 12 and over complete a set of questionnaires,
- Meet with at least one member of the family therapy team.
- All family members will have a chance to lay out any issues or concerns they see themselves facing as a family, with the understanding that purpose of the meeting is simply to get a lay of the land, not to solve problems or manage crises.
- The clinician will ask questions designed to help him or her get to know the family:
- We want to learn what a typical day is like
- How tasks in the family are divided up
- How the family handles challenges all families encounter
- Areas where things are running smoothly, and areas that feel more difficult.
- The therapist will ask any outstanding questions.
- The therapist will present his or her understanding of the family, gleaned both from questionnaire data and from the initial interview.
- Family members will have an opportunity to add anything the therapist missed, or correct anything they feel the therapist got wrong.
- Once the family and the therapist have come to a shared understanding of how the family operates and what the family is facing, the therapist will outline options for how to proceed, which may or may not include family therapy.
- The therapist and the family then discuss how they want to proceed with the proposed options.
Contracting for Treatment
When families agree to enter treatment, they:
- Identify specific issues they want to address, and specific steps they plan to take to address them.
- They discuss with the therapist a reasonable timeframe for treatment.
- Discuss expectations for attendance and tasks to be completed between sessions.
- Families and therapist discuss progress toward previously agreed upon goals.
- They focus on successes or struggles in addressing an agreed upon problem list.
- Families practice new ways of communicating, handling emotions, and problem solving in sessions.
- Families identify tasks to be completed between sessions in order to address mutually agreed upon goals.
End of Treatment
Treatment ends when any of the following happens:
- Both the family and the therapist agree that adequate progress has been made in the mutually agreed upon goals that were established at the beginning of treatment.
- The family no longer wants to participate.
- The family is unable to follow through on mutually agreed upon tasks.